Buffet Town, known for its budget international cuisine, closes after 11 years


Once again, another F&B establishment has bitten the dust.

Buffet Town international buffet restaurant has quietly quit after being in Singapore’s F&B scene for around 11 years.

Although no official announcement has been made on their social media pages, their website confirms the closure.

Throughout the pandemic, the restaurant, located at Raffles Place, has been affected by the various Covid-19 restrictions and had to temporarily close on several occasions.

Dellen Soh, president and CEO of Minor Food Singapore, which owned and operated Buffet Town, told CNA last August that due to the pandemic, labor costs had increased by up to 30 %, because the company needed to hire more employees to cope with the dynamic constraints.

“We have to serve tables dish by dish, so we need an army of service staff these days just waiting for (customers) to prepare the order on the iPad, and once the order arrives, we have to serve it – even if it’s just a cup of coffee.”

He also added that currently buffets are “not sustainable” because the business structure is “all about numbers” and the need for “more volume of customers”.

“Currently we can only seat 230 customers, whereas in the past we could seat 450 customers,” he explained.

Buffet Town first opened to the public in 2011 and was popular for its affordable buffet prices and convenient location. It had just been certified halal last year and specializes in a variety of cuisines like Japanese, Western and local dishes.

Minor Food Group owns 15 other popular F&B brands like Josh’s Grill, Chicken and Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice. The Japanese buffet restaurant Kiseki, another popular buffet, is also under them.

News of the unfortunate closure comes shortly after ramen chain Keisuke Ramen announced it would be closing its Cineleisure and Clarke Quay outlets permanently.

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